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PostPosted: 09/20/19 5:22 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Someone will offer FLB the max that needs a PG.



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PostPosted: 09/20/19 9:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Someone will offer FLB the max that needs a PG.


Apparently no one was interested in her at $96K when she was on waivers.

I dunno, she’s been an up and down player in her career, as shown by winning the MIP twice. I could see PHX wanting her back considering their guard situation and she’s assimilated with the team, but does another team throw big money at her? After Reeve’s pursuit of DRob resulted in losing Howard and predictably not seeing great results from DRob, I’m hoping Reeve is gunshy about eagerly going after her. She seems to have better luck just sitting back and seeing what might fall into her lap, like what happened with Sims and Talbot.



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PostPosted: 09/20/19 9:39 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Maybe Cambage and Laimbeer try and grab FLB this off-season?



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PostPosted: 09/20/19 9:43 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Maybe Cambage and Laimbeer try and grab FLB this off-season?


That's the least likely scenario. Evil Bill had her in New York and didn't like what he saw.



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PostPosted: 09/20/19 10:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
toad455 wrote:
Maybe Cambage and Laimbeer try and grab FLB this off-season?


That's the least likely scenario. Evil Bill had her in New York and didn't like what he saw.


That's not entirely true. Laimbeer certainly didn't like FLB when he first got her, but I think a grudging respect developed over time. However, by then Leilanil had already come to regard the situation as a bad one -- laughingly but openly talking to the press about having a coach who hates small guards. Along the way, Mitchell received an invitation to join the Opals, so she sat out the 2014 season and played for Australia instead. I think this caught the Liberty by surprise. A few days before the draft, they suddenly looked up and found that the only point guard on their roster was Kamiko Williams. Yikes! So, they scrambled around and signed two PGs in Anna Cruz and Chucky Jeffery. They also took Meighan Simmons in the draft. Cruz joined the Liberty right before their first preseason game and ended up saving their bacon.

Meanwhile, Mitchell had a long-term partially guaranteed contract. Laimbeer didn't want to guarantee the 2015 year at what was a high rate for a backup, so he cut her while Leilani was suspended. At the time Bill said something like, "We may revisit the situation next year." This indicates to me that he wasn't averse to having Mitchell back under the right circumstance. However, Laimbeer subsequently lost his GM title to Kristin Bernet during the weird firing and rehiring that took place in the winter of 2014-15. As I recall, Bernet ended up revealing in an interview that she really liked Mitchell and had interest in re-signing Lei. However, it was Mitchell who chose Phoenix. So, the idea that Laimbeer ran Leilani out of NY is not entirely true. It was more a case of her getting bad vibes early, then deciding to cut ties quickly and move on.



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PostPosted: 10/04/19 4:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

She seems to be quite versatile. She was with the Mystics for a season or two, and quickly took over for Latta.

I really thought that Seattle might have made an offer for her after Bird went down and she was on waivers.

Later in the season, I was wishing that she was on the Lynx roster.



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